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on a two-state solution. >> israeli announcement comes hours after the u.n. voted overwhelmingly to grant palestine a non-member observer status. john ray from our british broadcasting partner itn is live in tel aviv. john, good day to you. first up, what is the effect of the settlement announcement? and will israel really move forward with these plans? >> well, you could really hear and see and feel the frustration in hillary clinton's words there, couldn't you? the reason is because, if there are people who still believe in the meaningful prospect of peace settlement, these have been a very depressing couple of days here. the u.n. votes in favor of the palestinian status upgrade and then this countermeasure from the israelis. let me be clear about this. this comes in two chunks. first of all the 3,000 homes the israelis say they will now build. that will come within existing settlements on the occupied west bank, and possibly extending some of those settlements. it would also be within the arab east part of jerusalem. again, extending existing settlements. but the really controversial p
of a negotiated peace. >> the israeli announcement come just hours after the u.n. voted overwhelmingly to grant palestine a non member observer status. nbc correspondent martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv. martin what is the respect of this settlement announcement? do you think israel will really move forward with these plans? >> reporter: well, that's a good question, alex. they've announced these kinds of plans before, mostly to score political points publicly in this case, then really delayed things in the planning process and things haven't actually happened. i think this time there's a pretty clear need according to the israelis from what they feel to respond in some way to the palestinian's political success in the united nations general assembly. this is what they did. they announced they would building 3,000 new homes on land that the palestinians claim is theirs, and land that would be the subject of negotiations if there were any negotiations. so that's why hillary clinton and the united states -- and by the way many israelis, certainly all the palestinians are very upset. in
benghazi? the u.n. ambassador has no relation to her qualifications to be secretary of state. and i think the gop has had this really nagging complaint that there was too much information given about the bin laden and reflected too well on the president. they can't. criticize the fact the administration went after and did something the president was able to do and that was hunt down bin laden. i don't think it's justified. and i think it's political grapes. but all of this has been a tremendous distraction from what we e ought to be focused on. where are we in hunt for people who killed our ambassador? and bringing them to justice? in an ordinary course of events, that would be the sole focus. >> let's hope no one is taking their eye off of that. that's the most important thing right now. i want to switch topics with you and go to the fiscal cliff. how much harder does that make it to reach. a deal? >> it really doesn't make it anymore difficult. we're see egg the usual choreography of negotiations where the parties start o out with their opening positions. what the speaker doesn't like i
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